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AP-TX--Texas News Digest 1 pm, TX

July 14, 2018

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at AP’s general news coverage in Texas at this hour. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Dallas AP at 972-991-2100, or, in Texas, 800-442-7189. Email: aptexas@ap.org

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WASHINGTON — The zero tolerance policy that led to the separations is just one way the Trump administration is working to harden the nation’s immigration system. Officials are carving a path around various court rulings to do so. They’re also expanding detention space, tightening asylum rules and are applying more scrutiny to green card applications. By Colleen Long and Amy Taxin. SENT: 1,340 words, with photos.




PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. homeland security secretary says there are no signs Russia is targeting the 2018 midterm elections for cyberattacks with the “scale and scope” it used in 2016. Kristjen Nielsen spoke Saturday at a Philadelphia conference of U.S. state secretaries of state from across the country. This year’s meetings of the National Association of Secretaries of State and the National Association of State Election Directors are generating far greater interest. The conference is sandwiched between Friday’s indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officers alleged to have hacked into Democratic party and campaign accounts, and Trump’s long-awaited meeting with Putin. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 760 words, with photos.





SANTA FE, Texas — Leaders of a Houston-area school district where 10 people were shot to death in May are expected to consider whether to install metal detectors and change the dress code. The Galveston County Daily News reports the board of the Santa Fe Independent School District plans a vote Monday. A teen suspected in the shootings, who’s charged with capital murder and remains in custody, wore a trench coat during the gunfire at Santa Fe High School. Officials say that attire violated the dress code. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, with photo.


— PARENTS SLAIN-SON-DAUGHTER — Charges have been dismissed against a woman in the 2016 shooting deaths of her parents after her brother pleaded guilty to the West Texas killings.

— PAY PHONES-SCAM — A Houston-area man must serve 18 months in federal prison and repay $2.4 million for what prosecutors call a pay phone scam since 2005.

— SMUGGLE IMMIGRANTS-TRUCK — A South Texas man faces up to 10 years in federal prison after being caught trying to smuggle 30 immigrants in a refrigerated truck trailer hauling a load of limes.

— HOUSTON-TRADE TRIP — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is leading a South American trade and investment mission with stops in Peru, Chile and Argentina on a journey that began Saturday and runs through July 20.

— DUELING MLK PARADES — Houston’s mayor is hoping the city’s ongoing feud between dueling parades honoring Martin Luther King Jr. will soon be over.

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GALVESTON, Texas — Galveston’s Congregation B’nai Israel is a lighthouse. The Galveston County Daily News reports a cornerstone of the island’s faith community, the synagogue is — like other places of worship — a place of sanctuary and comfort. Its members and leaders have included mayors and civic leaders. The names in Galveston’s history books, memorials and street names; also hang on the walls of the synagogue’s hallways. The synagogue has also, at times, acted as a beacon for weary people seeking shelter from pain and trouble, and for people looking for a place they can call home. It is a light that’s been shining now for 150 years. By John Wayne Ferguson, The Galveston County Daily News. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1,000 words, with photos.


HOUSTON — For Rick Carruth, it started with “Star Wars.” The Houston Chronicle reports a lifelong fan of the franchise, he wanted to watch the original three films in their unaltered, theatrical versions. But those versions have never been released on DVD, so Carruth, 39, sought out what he wanted on VHS. The boxy black tapes brought back memories from his 1980s childhood, and soon he wanted more movies on VHS. By Alyson Ward, Houston Chronicle. SENT IN ADVANCE: 880 words, with photos. Moving on news & entertainment lines.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The LatinX Theatre Project and Hamlet Grupo de Teatro are two Arkansas groups striving to meet the demand for Latino-influenced theater by gaining nonprofit status and applying for grants with the Walton Family Foundation. Joining the LatinX Theatre Project allowed Dena and other locals to create and perform plays that reflect their diverse experiences in Northwest Arkansas, company members said. Most of the group’s performers identify as Latino or Latina, and characters are based on the actors and actresses, increasing visibility for Latino performers not often seen onstage. By Andrea Johnson, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. SENT IN ADVANCE: 1147 words.


JENKS, Okla. — Several oil storage tanks were built nearly two miles from downtown Jenks in the 1950s and they remained uncontroversial for decades. But now more than a dozen neighborhoods sit within a half-mile of the transfer terminal. The facility recently added a 60,000-gallon butane tank, which faces opposition from residents concerned about leaks and potentially explosive fumes. By Michael Overall, Tulsa World. SENT IN ADVANCE: 637 words.



HOUSTON — Houston third baseman Alex Bregman is a first time All-Star, will appear in his first Home Run Derby next week and has tried his hand at modeling to help promote a new art, fashion and music event during All-Star week called MLB Assembly. The Astros’ rising star is embracing all of these new experiences and can’t wait to soak up everything as the festivities near. By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 500 words, with photos.


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